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Federal judge clears Alabama officer in fatal shooting

November 9, 2018

DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) — A federal judge says an officer in Alabama was justified when she shot and killed a man she and another officer were fighting in 2014.

The Dothan Eagle reported U.S. District Judge Emily Marks ruled that former Dothan animal services officer Adrianne Woodruff did not violate the rights of Robert Lawrence when she shot him after he grabbed her stun gun.

Lawrence’s family sued Woodruff and others. A federal magistrate had recommended that Woodruff should not qualify for immunity for her actions.

But Marks said in a ruling Thursday the officer’s actions were not objectively unreasonable under the Fourth Amendment. Marks said Lawrence initiated the fight and grabbed Woodruff’s stun gun as he fought Woodruff and another officer.

There was no word yet on whether Lawrence’s family will appeal.

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Information from: The Dothan Eagle, http://www.dothaneagle.com

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